Understanding Body Shapes of Animals - Holger Preuschoft

Understanding Body Shapes of Animals

Shapes as mechanical constructions and Systems moving on minimal energy level

At the heart of this book is the matter of how and why animals evolved into particular shapes. The purpose of this book is to identify the physical laws which decide over the evolutionary (selective) value of body shape and morphological characters. Les mer
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At the heart of this book is the matter of how and why animals evolved into particular shapes. The purpose of this book is to identify the physical laws which decide over the evolutionary (selective) value of body shape and morphological characters. Comparing the mechanical necessities with morphological details, Dr. Preuschoft attempts to understand how evolution works, and which sorts of limitations are set by selection.
The author tries to explain morphological traits in more biomechanical detail without getting lost in physics, or in methods. Most emphasis is placed on the proximate question, namely the identification of the mechanical stresses which must be sustained by the respective body parts, when they move the body or its parts against resistance. This monograph focuses on "primitive" animals in the first part of the book, with highly specialized mammals at the end. Through this book readers will learn more about living and fossil animals. Particular attention is given to human evolution. The aim of this section is not to produce another evolutionary tree, nor to refine a former one, but to contribute to answering the question: "WHY early humans have developed their particular body shape".
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Forlag: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 581
ISBN: 9783030276676
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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Chapter1: Why this book?.- Chapter2: Head.- Chapter3: Axial skeleton in aquatic animals.- Chapter4: Axial skeleton and muscle arrangement in terrestrial tetrapods.- Chapter5: What have the extremities of "lower tetrapods" in common? And Why?.- Chapter6: Birds.- Chapter7: Land-living mammals.- Chapter8: Primates, the group including humans.- Chapter9: Evolution of hominids.- Chapter10: Summary, Conclusions and Open questions.
k, Prof. Dr. Holger Preuschoft is an Emeritus Professor at the Center for Anatomy, Ruhr-Universitat in Bochum, Germany. 13 years back he was awarded the title "Docteur honoris causa" by the Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. He has published more than 196 papers, and edited 9 multi-author books over the course of his career.